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Arizona Mine Inspectors Office Tries To Climb Out Of Deep Financial Hole
Mining has been a staple of Arizona’s economy for the past century.  But recent state and federal budget cuts have put the Arizona Mine Inspector’s Office in a deep hole symbolic of the mine shafts it monitors.
Oct. 12, 2013
Judge Rules Arizonas Panhandling Law Unconstitutional
A federal judge struck down an Arizona law Friday that bans panhandling in public places. The judge says begging on city streets is constitutionally protected free speech.Judge Neil Wake’s ruling abolishes the statute that police and prosecutors have used to remove panhandlers from public places.
Oct. 12, 2013
Shutdown Halts Mortgage Lending
The budget impasse in Washington is starting to impact the housing recovery. ASU real estate expert Michael Orr says it’s shutting down mortgage lending, because lenders are unable to get income documentation from the IRS.
Oct. 12, 2013
Veterans Benefits Could Stop Next Month If Shutdown Continues
Arizona veterans could have their benefits cut off if the government shutdown is not over by Nov. 1. That was the message the Veterans Affairs Secretary delivered Wednesday to a congressional committee.
Oct. 12, 2013
Prescott Chooses Acting Fire Chief
The city of Prescott has named an acting fire chief. He will replace the leader whose departure was announced after the release of a report on the Yarnell Hill Fire. Division Chief Eric Kriwer will take over as interim chief after Dan Fraijo steps down on Nov.
Oct. 12, 2013
Private Donations And State Funds Are Unable To Reopen Grand Canyon
Don’t look for Grand Canyon National Park to reopen during the government shutdown, even if somebody comes up with the cash to operate it.  In 1995, then-Governor Fife Symington negotiated a deal to keep part of the Canyon open with $17,000 a day in donated money.
Oct. 12, 2013
What It Means For ASU Football To Play Notre Dame
Arizona State University’s football team was so successful last week in a win over USC, scoring 62 points in the victory, that the Trojans’ athletic director fired the team’s head coach. Saturday the Sun Devils will be in Dallas.
Oct. 12, 2013
Proposed Routes For Interstate 11 Between Phoenix And Las Vegas To Be Unveiled
Anyone interested in a proposed interstate between Phoenix and Las Vegas can learn more about the project this week.  Public meetings on Interstate 11 will be held in Avondale Tuesday night and later in Kingman and Tucson.
Oct. 12, 2013
Early Winter Storm Will Bring Snow And Low Temperatures To Flagstaff
The storm front kicking up winds and dust here in the Valley is also bringing lower temperatures, and up north the thermometer is really going to drop. Flagstaff residents better have their ice scrapers and snow shovels ready when they get up Thursday morning.
Oct. 12, 2013
The Arizona State Fair Brings The Bacon
The first version of the Arizona State Fair took place in 1884. 129 years later, this year’s fair is all about the bacon. Arizona State Fair’s Kristy Walsh said this year there is an entire food stand devoted to all things bacon.
Oct. 12, 2013
Tourists Find Ways Around National Parks Shutdown
Many people who traveled thousands of miles to hike, camp or paddle in a national park aren’t letting a government shutdown spoil their vacation. They’re finding there are ways around the park closures.
Oct. 5, 2013
Fire Crews Cut Down Trees In West Valley To Fight Brush Fire
Fire crews are battling a brush fire in the West Valley. Rural Metro Fire’s Colin Williams says firefighters are stamping out the blaze by cutting down salt cedar trees in the area. “Salt cedar has a high oil content so it burns very hot and very smoky,” Williams said.
Oct. 3, 2013
Government Shutdown Could Put Snag In Travel Plans
While the federal government is shutdown, AAA warns travelers will have to wait longer for a passport or change their plans entirely. AAA’s Stephanie Dembowski said the shutdown will definitely snag travel in and out of the country.
Oct. 3, 2013
How Cultural Writers And Figures Have Shaped Phoenixs History
Some of us who have spent most of our lives in Phoenix can be a little sensitive, prickly even, when we are told the city’s history is, well, lacking. When a place grows so rapidly in a short period of a few decades, what does history even mean? Arizona State University professor of Spanish and women and gender studies David William Foster has written about how cultural figures and writers have shaped Phoenix.
Oct. 3, 2013
Hispanic Teens Raft Colorado River to Understand Challenges, Importance
Despite the monsoon rains this summer, Arizona still faces a water supply crisis. Last month, a group of Hispanic teens rafted the Colorado River to better understand its challenges and importance to their heritage and their future.
Oct. 3, 2013
Shutdown Could Delay American Airlines-US Airways Merger
There could be another delay in merger of American Airlines and Tempe-based US Airways.  The Justice Department is asking for a delay in the trial over the merger, because of the shutdown of the federal government.
Oct. 3, 2013
What To Expect When Starting Your Online Marketplace Search
The online marketplace, introduced via the Affordable Care Act, went into effect Tuesday, and millions of Americans took a look as they tried to decide what health care coverage to purchase. What will you find as you start to search? Allen Gjersvig, director of health care innovation for the Arizona Alliance For Community Health Centers, gave some insight.
Oct. 3, 2013

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